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University of Huddersfield

University of Huddersfield
Motto Inspiring tomorrow's professionals
Established 1992 -University status
1825 -Huddersfield Science and Mechanics' Institute
Type Public
Endowment £293,000[1]
Chancellor Sir Patrick Stewart
Vice-Chancellor Bob Cryan
Administrative staff
1,100 academic,
900 support
Students 19,740[2]
Undergraduates 16,175[2]
Postgraduates 3,570[2]
Location Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, England
Campus Semi-urban
Colours Blue     
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A View of Queensgate Campus

The University of Huddersfield (informally Huddersfield University) is a public university located in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, England.


The university traces its roots back to a Science and Mechanic Institute founded in 1825.[3] Some nineteenth-century students earned qualifications as external students of the University of London.[4]

1799 - 1882 - The life of Frederic Schwann.[5]
1841 - 1844 - Young Men's Mental Improvement Society.
1844 - Huddersfield Science and Mechanics' Institution Formed.
1846 - Female Educational Institute Formed.
1883 - New Technical School Holds Exhibition.
1884 - 1896 - Technical School and Mechanics' Institution.
1896 - Technical School and Mechanic's Institute becomes the Technical College.
1958 - Technical College becomes College of Technology.
1970 - College of Technology amalgamates with Oastler College of Education (opened in 1963) to become Huddersfield Polytechnic.[6]
1992 - Huddersfield Polytechnic becomes The University of Huddersfield.

The archives of all the university's predecessors are held in the Archives and Special Collections department at the university.[7]

The university is a founding member of the Northern Consortium and a member of the Yorkshire Universities. The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Bob Cryan, previously sat as chair of this regional Higher Education association.


Queensgate Campus

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Queensgate Campus

The university's campus, Queensgate, is south-east of Huddersfield town centre. Over £100m has been invested in the campus and its resources over the last 10 years. After £1m renovation work, the Student Centre was formally opened in November 2007 by Chancellor, Sir Patrick Stewart. The centre enables students to access a range of support services – computing, library, careers, welfare support – in a single location. The four floors of the library were refurbished during 2008-09.

A £4m Students' Union building was opened in 2005 with a variety of social, leisure and retail facilities. New drama facilities were opened in the refurbished Milton building in 2005.

A Creative Arts Building, designed by Darnton EGS, was completed in 2008. It has a recital hall, electro-acoustic research studio, new art and design studios and live recording facilities. Her Majesty The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh visited the university in May 2007 to unveil the foundation stone of the new Building.[8]

A new £16m business school opened to students in September 2010.[9] The 3M Buckley Innovation Centre opened for business in 2012.

A new student learning and leisure facility 'Student Central' opened in January 2014.[10] Student Central includes new sports facilities, catering outlets, study and support services.

University Campus Oldham

University Campus Oldham (UCO), located in Oldham, Greater Manchester opened in May 2005. It offers full and part-time courses at degree, diploma, foundation degree and postgraduate level. Since August 2012 University Campus Oldham (UCO) has been managed by Oldham College. UCO programmes continue to be validated by the University, and lead to a University of Huddersfield award.

University Campus Barnsley

University Campus Barnsley, located in Barnsley, South Yorkshire, opened in 2005. The campus offers facilities for subjects such as music, art and design, journalism and media production. £5.5 million has been invested with the help of the Higher Education Funding Council for England, Yorkshire Forward and Objective 1.

From August 2013 University Campus Barnsley (UCB) has been managed by Barnsley College. UCB programmes starting in September 2013 will continue to be validated by the University, and will lead to a University of Huddersfield award.

International Study Centre

The International Study Centre (ISC) at the university offers degree preparation courses for international students. The programmes are run by Study Group. The ISC is located on the university’s main Queensgate campus. Students can mix with others and also have access to the library and other specialist IT facilities.[11]

Organisation and governance


Actor Sir Patrick Stewart replaced Sir Ernest Hall as the university’s Chancellor in November 2003. When his schedule has permitted, he has also taught drama master classes to students studying at the university.[12]


In July 2013, it was announced that Prince Andrew, Duke of York was to become the Patron of the University.[13]


The university is organised into the following academic schools:

  • Applied Sciences
  • Art, Design and Architecture
  • Computing and Engineering
  • Education and Professional Development
  • Business
  • Human and Health Sciences
  • Music, Humanities and Media

Research activities

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New Business School

The university is focused on strengthening and enhancing its research facility; the institution has invested nearly £1.4 million in information provision in 2008/09.[citation needed] A further £2.75 million was invested in computing resources.[citation needed]

During 2008/09 there was further significant investment in facilities and equipment, including a new Creative Arts Building opened in September 2008, with a recital hall, electro-acoustic research studio, new art and design studios and live recording facilities.

A £228,000 Nanoform 250 Ultragrind machining centre was used to investigate nano-material removal and to support research activity within the centre for precision technologies in the School of Computing and Engineering.[citation needed]

A £160,000 single crystal x-ray diffractometer which uses x-rays to provide the three-dimensional structure of chemical compounds. This is being used by researchers in the University’s chemistry department.[citation needed]

A new business school building, which represents an investment of over £16 million was opened in September 2010. The building will provide improved facilities including a mock court room and ‘The Street’ – a contemporary social space overlooking a central courtyard. The building has been designed to be energy efficient, incorporating energy saving technology.[citation needed]

Student life


The Storthes Hall Park Student Village and Ashenhurst Student Houses are the University affiliated accommodation. These residences are privately owned and operated by Digs Student, independently of the university.

Storthes Hall is situated in a parkland to the south of the town with 1,432 en-suite single, double or disabled bedrooms in shared flats of six to eight students.

Ashenhurst Houses are located in woodlands close to the campus and Storthes Hall Park. There are 279 single bedrooms in shared houses of six to eight students, all with shared facilities including a communal lounge and kitchen/dining area.

The majority of students move away from Storthes Hall and Ashenhurst after living there in their first year at the University due to the distance from the town centre/University and the halls of residence feel they have.

Loweredge Student Houses are a popular choice amongst students offering the highest quality accommodation in Huddersfield with an excellent reputation for service and reliability.

Students' Union

The Students’ Union represents, supports and advises students on all aspects of their time at university.

Led by five elected officers the Students’ Union is run by students, for students. Located in the new purpose-built £22.5 million Student Central, the Students’ Union now boasts a range of services.

Services include Student Activities – sports clubs and societies, the Give It A Go scheme, one-off events and Student Media (RadioHud and T’HUD Magazine); Volunteering – providing opportunities to help support the local community or national charitable organisations; Representation – making sure the Students’ Union is a member-led organisation; the Advice Centre - offers confidential and impartial support on any welfare, financial or academic issues; and last but not least the SU Shop – providing day-to-day essentials in the centre of campus.

Information on all SU services can be found on[14]

Reputation and rankings

(2016, national)
The Guardian[16]
(2016, national)
Times/Sunday Times[17]
(2015, national)

Huddersfield was ranked joint first out of all Yorkshire universities for high quality staff and lectures in the opinion panel research survey in 2007.[citation needed] The university achieved the highest ranking of any mainstream university in the United Kingdom for assessment and feedback in the 2011 survey[18]

The Sunday Times Good University Guide, ranked the university 64th out of 122 in 2013.

The university achieved the highest ranking in the 2011 International Student Barometer conducted by the International Graduate Insight Group[19]

People & Planet Green League

The university rose 63 places to 8th in the 2008 The People & Planet Green League, representing the highest rise by any university.[20] Despite a standing of 71st in 2007 it achieved the second lowest CO2 emission rate of any university in the UK,[21] The rise to 8th in the UK was attributed to existing green activity, including the use of canal water in cooling systems and the continued low carbon emissions (13% lower than 2007), as well as new foci such as a push for improved levels of recycling and the introduction of rain water harvesting.[22] In the 2009 Green League the university achieved 18th position and thus, despite slipping ten places, maintained its rating as first class for environmental performance.[23] In 2010, the university had risen back into the top 10.[24]


The university was announced as Entrepreneurial University of the Year at the THE awards 2012.[25]

The university was announced as winner of the Outstanding Registry Team 2013 at the THE Leadership and Management awards 2013.[26]

The university was announced as University of the Year at the THE awards 2013.[27]


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  13. ^ "Duke to be patron of university". Batley News. 
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  16. ^ "University league table 2016". The Guardian. 25 May 2015. Retrieved 25 May 2015. 
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